suffolk libraries day

Events confirmed across Suffolk for big library service celebration

Many events and activities have been confirmed for the first ever Suffolk Libraries Day on 12 October 2019.  

Suffolk Libraries Day is designed to generate support and awareness of Suffolk’s library service and its impact on the county.  

Suffolk Libraries Day will take place at the end of National Libraries Week and will see special events take place at all 44 libraries with the aim of showcasing everything libraries have to offer the community. The day will also raise funds to support the county’s library service.  

Libraries have now confirmed their own local events and activities which will be taking place for Suffolk Libraries Day. Some highlights include: 


North Suffolk and Waveney: 

Magician event with a pop-up café and book sale at Brandon Library 

A sponsored read at Bungay Library 

A literary festival including authors, workshops, a library trail and book fair at Lowestoft Library 

An all-day ‘Love your Library’ fair with a calendar competition at Oulton Broad Library 

Creating a large three-panelled artwork for the library and its partners at Stradbroke Library 


Ipswich area: 

Readathon with Sproughton Primary School at Broomhill Library 

Cinderella ball and disco and a Community Womble Litter Pick at Chantry Library 

A sing-a-thon on the Cornhill with all Ipswich libraries invited, organised by Gainsborough Community Library 

Sponsored walk around Ipswich visiting each library, managed by Stoke Library 


Towards the West: 

A ‘Step behind the desk…’ experience to live that librarian fantasy at Bury St Edmunds Library 

A children’s treasure hunt around the town finishing at Clare Library 

Evening 60’s, 70’s, 80’s Old Skool Disco at Glemsford Library 

A family history open event at Haverhill Library 

An ‘Apple Day’ with apple-based food, a working apple press and crafts at Long Melford Library 

Scavenger hunt around the library and a children’s author event at Sudbury Library 


and to the East: 

Walk (or cycle) between Saxmundham, Leiston and Aldeburgh libraries with the Three Library Challenge 

Photography exhibition and visit from BPF Librarian Dr Nicholas Clark at Aldeburgh Library 

uthor Kate Thompson will be visiting Felixstowe Library 


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The mobile library service will also be holding a fundraising raffle. 

Nikki Hulse, Business Development Manager, said: 

“We’ve thrilled at the creativity and dedication of our staff to run such a range of fun and diverse events. Like our library spaces, there’s something for everyone and we hope that they encourage people to see what libraries have to offer and show why we need the public’s support.”  

During the week leading up to Suffolk Libraries Day, a Book Journey Challenge will also take place with Suffolk businesses coming together to get the book from Bungay to Haverhill, visiting all the county’s libraries in between. 

Suffolk Libraries is a charity which was launched to run Suffolk’s library service in August 2012. Seven years on and all 44 libraries continue to be focal points for the local community. Highlighting this, over the past four years the number and range of events and activities in libraries has increased with the number of people attending them rising by 29%.  Suffolk Libraries also runs a mobile library service, two pop-up library services and the county’s prison libraries. 

Full details of all the events will soon be confirmed and available on the Suffolk Libraries website and at or you can pop into your local library for more details.  

Editorial by Hannah Foulstone
Customer Experience & Marketing Administrator

Suffolk Libraries Tel: 01473 351244


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